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What can you do

What you can doAdults have an important role to play in delaying the age at which young people start to drink. We need to be aware of what may encourage teenagers to drink so that we can take as many steps as possible to delay teenage drinking.

There are a wide range of factors that can encourage young people to start using alcohol.

What are the factors that help teenagers delay drinking?

Four things you can do to delay teenage drinking

  1. Talk and listen to your teenager - it is the greatest support you can give them.

2. Have family rules.

  3. Know where your teenager is.

Have a routine at home that means you can see and talk with them when they come home from a night out.

  4. If you drink alcohol, be responsible. Think about your own drinking.

Remember, what you do will be seen by your teenager and it will influence the messages you give them about alcohol.

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